World Poverty Day - Compassion International

World Poverty Day, also know as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, occurs every year on October 17.

World Poverty Day
"Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn’t commit."
 — Eli Khamarov, writer

The definition of poverty, established by the World Bank, addresses poverty in economic terms — earning less than $1.90 a day.

Nearly 10 percent of the global population (700 million) live in extreme poverty.

But poverty's devastation extends to the whole of a person. Poverty attacks the mind, body and spirit. Its arsenal of weapons includes:

  • Infant mortality
  • Hunger
  • Lack of shelter
  • Disease
  • Illiteracy
  • Unemployment
  • Child labor

A Thai woman holds a sad little girl

How Compassion Helps

We work with thousands of local church partners in some of the world's poorest countries to identify children in high-risk circumstances. Our approach to helping the poor is to start when they’re children. Our emphasis is on meeting the needs of the poorest of the poor when they’re most vulnerable.

Children assisted by donations to our Highly Vulnerable Children initiative, which complements our Child Sponsorship Program, receive a variety of interventions depending on individual circumstances.

Interventions offered through our Highly Vulnerable Children initiative include:

  • Nutritional assistance
  • Shelter renovations
  • Clothing
  • Trauma counseling

In addition to foster care and nutritional support, we also offer counseling to encourage adolescents to stop risky behavior like sexual activity, alcohol use, smoking and truancy.

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